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What is IBS? do you suffer?

IBS is a chronic disorder that interferes with the normal functions of the colon.

Symptoms one suffers are:
  • Abdominal pain
  • Cramping
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea
Many people with IBS turn to functional medicine and complementary health practices to help relieve their symptoms and there is emerging evidence that some of these practices may have great benefits.
If you suffer from IBS do not worry you are not alone! It is pretty common one in five Americans and 22% of people in the UK suffer from this. Making it one of the most common functional digestive disorder seen by GPs and health practitioners.
Women are 2-3 times more likely to develop IBS, and often suffer more symptoms during their periods. The condition often begins in adolescence or early adulthood. Predisposing factors may include:
  • A low-fibre diet
  • Emotional stress
  • Use of laxatives or a bout of infectious diarrhoea.
It is typically a chronic, recurrent disorder, associated with substantial health, social and economic costs. Pain and impairment from IBS can lead to frequent doctor visits, hospitalisations and workplace absenteeism, and can cause depression.
If you are thinking about a functional medicine and or a complementary health practice for IBS. Get Blissful's 5 tips for IBS here